THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT Verdict: HIT
Release Date: 4 June 2021(United States)
OTT Platform: HBO MAX
Directed by: Michael Chaves
Written by: James Wan, David Leslie, Johnson-McGoldrick
- Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren
- Mitchell Hoog as young Ed Warren
- Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren
- Megan Ashley Brown as young Lorraine Warren
- Ruairi O’Connor as Arne Cheyenne Johnson
- Sarah Catherine Hook as Debbie Glatzel
- Julian Hilliard as David Glatzel
- John Noble as Kastner
- Eugenie Bondurant as The Occultist
- Shannon Kook as Drew Thomas
- Ronnie Gene Blevins as Bruno Sauls
- Keith Arthur Bolden as Sergeant Clay
- Steve Coulter as Father Gordon
- Vince Pisani as Father Newman
- STORY- ⭐⭐⭐1/2
- ACTING- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- DIRECTION- ⭐⭐⭐1/2
- SCREENPLAY- ⭐⭐⭐1/2
- OVERALL- ⭐⭐⭐1/2
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves, with a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick from a story by Johnson-McGoldrick and James Wan. The film serves as a sequel to The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016), and as the eighth installment in the Conjuring Universe. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren, with Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard also starring.
Wan and Peter Safran return to produce the film, which is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a murder trial that took place in 1981 Connecticut, in addition to The Devil in Connecticut, a book about the trial written by Gerald Brittle.
The film’s direction by Michael Chaves is surreal and exquisite that brings alive scene after scene, building tension and thrill along the way. He ditches the typical horror-like jumpscares for legit storytelling. It’s a huge improvement from Michael Chaves’s last direction ‘The Curse of La Llorona.’ While it’s a first for a ‘Conjuring’ franchise film to not be directed by James Wan, Michael Chaves’ ensures he won’t be missed. The cinematography and the background score are immersive, just like the plot. The edit is sharp and fast-paced.
It’s not just scary but full of unpredictable twists and turns. Once again, Conjuring is breaking new grounds by mixing two genres – horror and crime, so seamlessly. Although a gripping screenplay, unravelling a deeply disturbing trend in a sleepy town, is as eerie as it gets. Also, as the Warrens venture into the unknown, they take the audience along. Johnson and Wan’s incredible quality of writing as seen in hits like ‘Orphan’ and ‘SAW,’ is quite evident.
There’s hardly a dull moment in ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.’ Therefore, this one takes the franchise to newer highs revealing a chilling story of terror, murders and the unknown evil.
Of course, all good things from the Conjuring hall of fame are firmly in place and there’s a lot more. Like, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, the driving forces of this powerful franchise are once again, in their element. Undoubtedly, Wilson is incredible as Ed Warren and delivers a familiarly restrained performance. But Farmiga gets to go the extra mile here, giving us an emotional peek into Lorraine’s strength and vulnerability. This lends so much relatability and heft to the overall narrative, despite all the cinematic liberties. It’s driven from Ed and more so from Lorraine’s perspective rather than the possessed.